Day 1a completed
Day 1a completed
Day 1A of the €1,650 Main Event at the King's Casino in Rozvadov has come to an end. Petr Setka, from the Czech Republic, bagged the chip lead as one of just two players over 200,000 chips.
Setka went about his business quietly throughout the day and emerged as the leader in the last level of play. He was on his second bullet of the day after losing a devastating pot earlier on with against his opponent's .
There were a total of 198 entries to take to the felt today, in what was an action-packed day inside the Poker Arena. After a long 12 levels of play, only 72 players survived to advance to Day 2 on Sunday. Ben Bensimhon (169,200) held the chip lead for the majority of the day, also on his second bullet after being eliminated in the early stages. However, he ran a triple barrel bluff in the last few hands of the night that didn't pan out for him.
There were many notables fortunate to find a bag at the end of the day, including Phil Hellmuth (35,500) who only entered with a couple of hours remaining in the evening. Other notables to advance to Day 2 include Piotr Zawadzki (201,600), Laszlo Toth (186,100), Catalin Pop (165,500), Brandon Cantu (141,500), Fabrice Soulier (117,100), Daniele Primerano (52,000), Vitaly Lunkin (51,100), and Markus Kuhnen (47,000).
A few of those that were eliminated throughout the course of the day were Jeff Lisandro, Erez Hamerov, and Tom Holke.
A full list of those moving on to Day 2 will be posted when it becomes available. The action will resume on Saturday at 2:00 PM with Day 1B of the WSOP Circuit Main Event in Rozvadov.
The tournament director has paused the clock and there will be six more hands left in the day. At the conclusion of the six hands, the remaining players will bag and tag to return on Sunday for Day 2.
There was a raise to 2,600 and a call from early position. A player in middle position made a three-bet to 7,800 and Daniele Primerano flatted from the small blind. Both players in early position also made the call to go four-ways to the flop.
The dealer fanned the flop of and the action was checked around to the player in middle position who continued for 11,000. Primerano instantly put the last of his 17,400 stack in the middle and was called by the player in middle position.
Primerano tabled and was up against the of his opponent. The turn was the and the river landed the , securing a big pot for Primerano after struggling through the last few levels.
Maxim Lykov raised to 2,000 from under the gun and was called by a player in the cutoff, the small blind, and Ben Bensimhon in the big blind. The flop came and the action was checked to Lykov who continued for 3,200. Bensimhon was the only player to make the call and the rolled off on the turn.
Both players checked to the on the river and Bensimhon fired an even 10,000. As Lykov was thinking, Bensimhon blurted out, "You have two tens, or jacks." Lykov immediately called and Bensimhon turned over . Lykov sent his cards to the muck and another pot was shipped to Bensimhon.
There was a raise to 2,000 from early position and a three-bet to 6,100 from middle position. The hijack called and Phil Hellmuth ripped his short stack of 19,400 into the middle from the big blind. The initial raiser folded along with the player in middle position. However, the hijack instantly called and the cards were tabled.
The flop came and Hellmuth quickly took the lead with a pair of aces. The turn was the improving his hand to two pair and the on the river solidified the win for Hellmuth.
Just moments after being a special guest in the WSOP Circuit ring ceremony, Phil Hellmuth made his appearance right on "Hellmuth Time" in the Main Event. Hellmuth, who considers himself the best player in the world, will be competing with some of the best players in Europe when the WSOP Europe gets underway next week.
He made the trek to Rozvadov a week early to find himself sitting among those competing for a WSOP Circuit ring. Unfortunately, he came up just short in the PLO High Roller event, finishing in 8th place yesterday.
With around 6,000 in the middle and the board reading , the action was checked to Jeff Lisandro in middle position. He fired 2,700, forcing the big blind to fold but Fabian Gumz check-raised to 7,100. Lisandro made the call and the hit the turn.
Gumz pushed all-in, having Lisandro covered and putting him to the test. Lisandro thought for a moment and then reached over to feel Gumz's pulse. "It feels like you're having a stroke," Lisandro said and then quickly called.
Gumz turned over and was surprisingly ahead of Lisandro's . The river landed the and Gumz's ace-king high took down the pot, eliminating Lisandro on Day 1A.